The Block Episode 2 – Polly and Waz V Toby and Chrissie
Well Polly and Waz from NSW are currently my favourite team. They combined intelligence, with a good sense of humour, as well as some bold design style.
Tonight they went up against Chrissy and Toby from Surfers Paradise in the warehouse and they were to be judged on design, functionality and execution.
But before I get onto the recap there was an interesting article by Amity Dry, a former The Block contestants, who outlines the high and low lights of being a reality star.
I found it interesting at the warehouse how they made it appear that all the rooms were available to use. Did they quickly make the two rooms that had been refurbished neutral again. Or were they told these are the two rooms you will be using. Funny how the rooms they pick were opposite each other.
The piece of furniture they had to use this episode was a silver plastic chair. I thought it was interesting as some people would like it but others would not.
Polly and Waz’s wanted to do something fun and the concept of a child space ship room was a clever idea.
Whereas Chrissie and Toby were being far more safe with a guest/office. I noted when Chrissie was in Mitre 10 she was going with grey as she read it was “the new black”. But I thought being on this show was to be pushing some new ideas not just following the current trends?
“I was extremely rattled by the morning session with him” said Chrissie about hubbie Toby, as she went out shopping. However that was nothing when she hit IKEA. She had what happens to a lot of us, where you spend hours deciding what you want and then hit the warehouse section and the frigging piece is out of stock or unavailable or not in your colour. Also the mirror she bought was broken.
I felt her pain when Toby said you bought two stools and a wardrobe and you have been gone eight hours. Clearly he has never had a physical, emotional, and spiritual breakdown in IKEA. She was right you do need a stiff drink after all that.
I thought neither of the rooms looked particularly finished, however the kids room certainly had a lot more visual impact.
Chrissie and Toby who had had to turn the desk around as one of the drawers of the desk broke was caught out. John McGrath sat down and the height of the desk was mismatched with the chair. This may also have been the case even if the desk had been the right way around.
The judges loved the wooden shelves on the walls in the Polly and Waz’s room and they were good. Even the yellow which could have gone hideously wrong worked. They were criticised by Neale Whittaker for not having a desk, however Scott Cam rationalised it by saying the kid might be a tradie….
It was no surprise that Polly and Waz won with their room, however it is a pity Chrissie did not get in as I think she might have been a polarising personality to give the show some frisson a reality show always needs.